Period
to 24 July 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 24 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > London
6 months to
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 14 13
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,716 1,623 4,212
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 9.12% 10.00% 10.38%
As % of the Vendors category 23.41% 25.45% 26.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,874 1,115 2,977
10th Percentile £285 £230 £181
25th Percentile £400 £375 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £465 £454
Median % change year-on-year +7.53% +2.42% +0.89%
75th Percentile £600 £563 £563
90th Percentile £688 £668 £650
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 35 114
10th Percentile £11.61 £12.42 £12.04
25th Percentile £14.25 £13.13 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.75 £19.00 £18.85
Median % change year-on-year -6.58% +0.80% -0.79%
75th Percentile £40.69 £27.53 £22.19
90th Percentile £63.50 £40.64 £34.43
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.82 £16.00
% change year-on-year +1.07% +5.13% +0.88%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in London.

All Vendors
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 11,603 6,376 16,159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 38.97% 39.28% 39.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,785 4,387 10,900
10th Percentile £343 £300 £300
25th Percentile £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +1.78%
75th Percentile £638 £613 £588
90th Percentile £725 £713 £675
England median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 77 255
10th Percentile £13.48 £12.58 £11.86
25th Percentile £16.25 £18.50 £15.30
Median hourly rate £24.35 £26.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -8.11% +32.50% -5.33%
75th Percentile £45.81 £43.70 £30.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £48.75 £47.83
England median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -2.56% +4.28% +6.86%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 6 months to 24 July 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London -3 379 £525 +14.57% 315
West London -7 48 £524 +62.40% 90
South London +21 32 £400 -15.79% 51
East London -8 15 £400 - 120
North London +4 2 £334 -1.84% 11
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 1,419 (52.25%) Azure
2 688 (25.33%) Social Skills
3 660 (24.30%) Finance
4 631 (23.23%) Agile Software Development
5 630 (23.20%) Microsoft 365
6 605 (22.28%) Windows
7 579 (21.32%) Active Directory
8 562 (20.69%) SQL
9 549 (20.21%) DevOps
10 429 (15.80%) SQL Server
11 406 (14.95%) PowerShell
12 393 (14.47%) Power Platform
13 372 (13.70%) .NET
13 372 (13.70%) Microsoft Office
14 363 (13.37%) C#
14 363 (13.37%) Business Intelligence
15 345 (12.70%) Migration
16 334 (12.30%) SharePoint
17 328 (12.08%) AWS
18 305 (11.23%) Power BI
19 264 (9.72%) Microsoft Excel
20 263 (9.68%) Scrum
21 261 (9.61%) Problem-Solving
22 255 (9.39%) Analytics
23 253 (9.32%) Banking
24 251 (9.24%) ITIL
25 246 (9.06%) VMware
26 238 (8.76%) Security Cleared
27 233 (8.58%) Azure Active Directory
28 222 (8.17%) Windows Server

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 334 (12.30%) SharePoint
2 93 (3.42%) MS Exchange
3 76 (2.80%) Confluence
4 55 (2.03%) Apache
5 51 (1.88%) Apache Spark
6 40 (1.47%) IIS
7 35 (1.29%) Skype for Business
8 32 (1.18%) CMS
9 24 (0.88%) Apache Airflow
10 22 (0.81%) Tomcat
11 20 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
12 17 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 15 (0.55%) nginx
13 15 (0.55%) WebSphere
14 14 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
15 12 (0.44%) Drupal
16 10 (0.37%) ArcGIS
16 10 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
17 9 (0.33%) Moodle
17 9 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 372 (13.70%) Microsoft Office
2 264 (9.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 135 (4.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 79 (2.91%) MS Visio
5 78 (2.87%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.26%) Camtasia
6 7 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.22%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 4 (0.15%) Figma
10 3 (0.11%) AutoCAD
10 3 (0.11%) Chatbot
10 3 (0.11%) InVision
10 3 (0.11%) Marvel
10 3 (0.11%) Sketch
11 2 (0.074%) Autodesk Flame
11 2 (0.074%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.074%) Maya
11 2 (0.074%) Mingle
11 2 (0.074%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 113 (4.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (1.14%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
4 8 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 7 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
6 6 (0.22%) Sentinel
7 5 (0.18%) Cerner Millennium
7 5 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.18%) SAP ERP
8 4 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
8 4 (0.15%) Workday HCM
9 2 (0.074%) Infor M3
9 2 (0.074%) Magento
9 2 (0.074%) Markit EDM
9 2 (0.074%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.074%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.074%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
9 2 (0.074%) Primavera
9 2 (0.074%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,419 (52.25%) Azure
2 630 (23.20%) Microsoft 365
3 393 (14.47%) Power Platform
4 328 (12.08%) AWS
5 233 (8.58%) Azure Active Directory
6 185 (6.81%) Dynamics 365
7 168 (6.19%) PaaS
8 141 (5.19%) IaaS
9 123 (4.53%) PowerApps
10 121 (4.46%) Azure Data Factory
11 116 (4.27%) GCP
12 107 (3.94%) Serverless
13 95 (3.50%) SaaS
14 87 (3.20%) Azure Synapse Analytics
15 84 (3.09%) GitHub
16 81 (2.98%) OneDrive
17 74 (2.72%) Power Automate
18 70 (2.58%) Azure Functions
19 62 (2.28%) Azure Logic Apps
20 56 (2.06%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 158 (5.82%) DNS
2 144 (5.30%) Firewall
3 112 (4.12%) DHCP
4 72 (2.65%) TCP/IP
5 61 (2.25%) VPN
6 59 (2.17%) LAN
7 53 (1.95%) WAN
8 45 (1.66%) Internet
9 43 (1.58%) Unified Communications
10 41 (1.51%) Skype
11 37 (1.36%) Kerberos
12 36 (1.33%) SAN
13 33 (1.22%) Network Security
13 33 (1.22%) VoIP
13 33 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
14 28 (1.03%) WebEx
14 28 (1.03%) Wireless
15 26 (0.96%) NAS
16 23 (0.85%) SSL
17 22 (0.81%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 429 (15.80%) SQL Server
2 305 (11.23%) Power BI
3 175 (6.44%) Data Warehouse
4 130 (4.79%) Data Lake
5 122 (4.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 99 (3.65%) Azure SQL Database
7 81 (2.98%) Big Data
8 71 (2.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 56 (2.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 53 (1.95%) Relational Database
11 47 (1.73%) PostgreSQL
11 47 (1.73%) Tableau
12 44 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 41 (1.51%) MySQL
14 36 (1.33%) Hadoop
15 34 (1.25%) NoSQL
16 32 (1.18%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 31 (1.14%) Metadata
18 25 (0.92%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
19 24 (0.88%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 150 (5.52%) JIRA
2 137 (5.04%) Jenkins
3 123 (4.53%) Git (software)
4 76 (2.80%) Visual Studio
5 65 (2.39%) TeamCity
6 42 (1.55%) Visual Studio Team System
7 37 (1.36%) Team Foundation Server
8 33 (1.22%) Maven
8 33 (1.22%) Octopus Deploy
9 28 (1.03%) Gradle
10 26 (0.96%) Subversion
11 23 (0.85%) Selenium
12 22 (0.81%) PowerDesigner
13 21 (0.77%) Bitbucket
14 18 (0.66%) Cucumber
15 17 (0.63%) GitLab
16 16 (0.59%) Moq
17 15 (0.55%) Sonatype Nexus
18 14 (0.52%) JUnit
19 13 (0.48%) MSI
General
1 688 (25.33%) Social Skills
2 660 (24.30%) Finance
3 253 (9.32%) Banking
4 193 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
5 145 (5.34%) Public Sector
6 104 (3.83%) Presentation Skills
7 103 (3.79%) Marketing
8 99 (3.65%) Investment Banking
9 87 (3.20%) Legal
10 83 (3.06%) Front Office
11 68 (2.50%) Documentation Skills
12 66 (2.43%) Organisational Skills
13 50 (1.84%) Telecoms
14 46 (1.69%) Influencing Skills
15 42 (1.55%) Retail
16 33 (1.22%) Manufacturing
17 32 (1.18%) Law
18 26 (0.96%) Financial Institution
19 24 (0.88%) Back Office
19 24 (0.88%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 444 (16.35%) Architect
2 410 (15.10%) Developer
3 321 (11.82%) Analyst
4 187 (6.89%) Consultant
5 184 (6.77%) Azure Engineer
6 149 (5.49%) Azure Architect
7 147 (5.41%) Project Manager
8 136 (5.01%) Solutions Architect
9 112 (4.12%) .NET Developer
10 105 (3.87%) DevOps Engineer
11 99 (3.65%) Data Engineer
12 98 (3.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 84 (3.09%) Cloud Architect
14 74 (2.72%) Cloud Engineer
15 72 (2.65%) Business Analyst
15 72 (2.65%) Support Engineer
16 67 (2.47%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
17 63 (2.32%) Data Architect
18 62 (2.28%) C# Developer
19 56 (2.06%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 372 (13.70%) .NET
2 102 (3.76%) AngularJS
3 95 (3.50%) HTML
4 92 (3.39%) ASP.NET
5 91 (3.35%) .NET Core
6 86 (3.17%) React
7 85 (3.13%) REST
8 82 (3.02%) Web Services
9 76 (2.80%) CSS
10 72 (2.65%) .NET Framework
11 68 (2.50%) RESTful
12 66 (2.43%) JSON
13 64 (2.36%) Kafka
14 45 (1.66%) HTML5
15 41 (1.51%) SAML
15 41 (1.51%) XML
16 38 (1.40%) Spring
17 36 (1.33%) LDAP
18 35 (1.29%) OAuth
19 33 (1.22%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 98 (3.61%) Data Centre
2 96 (3.53%) Management Information System
3 86 (3.17%) Public Cloud
4 77 (2.84%) User Experience
5 56 (2.06%) Greenfield Project
6 48 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
7 46 (1.69%) Virtual Team
8 39 (1.44%) Mobile App
9 35 (1.29%) Replication
10 31 (1.14%) Cloud Native
10 31 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
10 31 (1.14%) NHS
11 29 (1.07%) Legacy Systems
11 29 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
12 28 (1.03%) Clustering
13 27 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
14 26 (0.96%) PKI
15 24 (0.88%) Data Structures
16 23 (0.85%) Data Protection Act
17 22 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 605 (22.28%) Windows
2 222 (8.17%) Windows Server
3 202 (7.44%) Windows 10
4 170 (6.26%) Linux
5 109 (4.01%) Windows Server 2012
6 69 (2.54%) Windows Server 2016
6 69 (2.54%) Windows Server 2019
7 65 (2.39%) Windows 7
8 51 (1.88%) Apple iOS
9 48 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 47 (1.73%) Windows Server 2008
11 46 (1.69%) Unix
12 44 (1.62%) Android
13 19 (0.70%) Solaris
14 17 (0.63%) Mac OS
15 16 (0.59%) Ubuntu
16 12 (0.44%) Windows 8
17 11 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
18 9 (0.33%) CentOS
19 5 (0.18%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 631 (23.23%) Agile Software Development
2 549 (20.21%) DevOps
3 363 (13.37%) Business Intelligence
4 345 (12.70%) Migration
5 263 (9.68%) Scrum
6 261 (9.61%) Problem-Solving
7 255 (9.39%) Analytics
8 251 (9.24%) ITIL
9 222 (8.17%) Project Management
10 220 (8.10%) Stakeholder Management
11 170 (6.26%) Data Modelling
12 158 (5.82%) Infrastructure as Code
13 148 (5.45%) CRM
14 143 (5.27%) Continuous Integration
14 143 (5.27%) Project Delivery
15 142 (5.23%) Change Management
16 141 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 127 (4.68%) TDD
18 115 (4.23%) Continuous Improvement
19 113 (4.16%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 562 (20.69%) SQL
2 406 (14.95%) PowerShell
3 363 (13.37%) C#
4 214 (7.88%) JavaScript
5 213 (7.84%) Python
6 169 (6.22%) Java
7 103 (3.79%) T-SQL
8 75 (2.76%) TypeScript
9 66 (2.43%) Bash Shell
10 49 (1.80%) C
11 29 (1.07%) VB
12 25 (0.92%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 24 (0.88%) VBA
14 23 (0.85%) Java 8
15 19 (0.70%) Groovy
16 17 (0.63%) Scala
17 16 (0.59%) R
18 15 (0.55%) C++
19 13 (0.48%) VB.NET
20 12 (0.44%) Perl
Qualifications
1 238 (8.76%) Security Cleared
2 189 (6.96%) SC Cleared
3 163 (6.00%) Degree
4 104 (3.83%) Microsoft Certification
5 43 (1.58%) CISSP
6 40 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
7 35 (1.29%) MCSE
8 33 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
8 33 (1.22%) DV Cleared
9 26 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
10 23 (0.85%) PMI Certification
11 21 (0.77%) MCSA
11 21 (0.77%) PMP
12 17 (0.63%) CISM
13 14 (0.52%) AWS Certification
13 14 (0.52%) Numerate Degree
14 13 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
14 13 (0.48%) ISEB
14 13 (0.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 13 (0.48%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 104 (3.83%) QA
2 82 (3.02%) GDPR
3 68 (2.50%) SLA
4 51 (1.88%) Data Quality
5 44 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 43 (1.58%) PMO
7 20 (0.74%) NIST
8 17 (0.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
10 9 (0.33%) COBIT
10 9 (0.33%) PCI DSS
11 7 (0.26%) Basel III
12 6 (0.22%) GRC
13 5 (0.18%) Accessibility
14 4 (0.15%) FedRAMP
14 4 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 3 (0.11%) CRD IV
15 3 (0.11%) ITGC
15 3 (0.11%) MiFID
System Software
1 579 (21.32%) Active Directory
2 179 (6.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 145 (5.34%) Docker
4 65 (2.39%) Hyper-V
5 46 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
6 43 (1.58%) Virtual Desktop
7 41 (1.51%) XenApp
8 35 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
8 35 (1.29%) XenDesktop
9 34 (1.25%) vSphere
10 21 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
11 17 (0.63%) Virtual Servers
12 16 (0.59%) NFS
13 15 (0.55%) VMware NSX
14 12 (0.44%) Xen
15 10 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
16 9 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.29%) KVM
17 8 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
18 7 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 209 (7.70%) Terraform
2 161 (5.93%) Kubernetes
3 158 (5.82%) SCCM
4 156 (5.74%) Microsoft Intune
5 119 (4.38%) Ansible
6 75 (2.76%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 56 (2.06%) Single Sign-On
8 54 (1.99%) Puppet
9 29 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
10 28 (1.03%) SCOM
11 14 (0.52%) CA Single Sign-On
12 13 (0.48%) Packer
13 12 (0.44%) Control-M
13 12 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
13 12 (0.44%) Microsoft Clustering
13 12 (0.44%) Rancher
14 11 (0.41%) HP Fortify
14 11 (0.41%) QRadar
15 10 (0.37%) Hadoop YARN
15 10 (0.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 246 (9.06%) VMware
2 159 (5.85%) Databricks
3 150 (5.52%) Citrix
4 133 (4.90%) Google
5 132 (4.86%) Oracle
6 131 (4.82%) Cisco
7 103 (3.79%) SAP
8 88 (3.24%) Salesforce.com
9 74 (2.72%) ServiceNow
10 45 (1.66%) HP
11 44 (1.62%) IBM
12 43 (1.58%) EMC
13 36 (1.33%) Red Hat
14 35 (1.29%) Splunk
15 30 (1.10%) Apple
15 30 (1.10%) MuleSoft
16 29 (1.07%) Adobe
17 28 (1.03%) Ivanti
18 26 (0.96%) CA
18 26 (0.96%) Dell